Cambridge Society of Dorset
The Cambridge Society of Dorset is a well-established group dating from 1984 with a lively membership of over 120. Each year we offer a varied programme of talks and visits to places of interest around the County. These usually include an opportunity for informal social gatherings and a convivial meal.
All Cambridge alumni are warmly welcomed to join these events, as are their partners and guests. We also enjoy reciprocal invitations from adjacent counties which extends our range of contacts and events. Those considering joining are encouraged to come to any events of interest.
Our flagship event is the Annual Lunch at the end of October for which we usually invite a notable speaker with links to the University. Last year Major General Peter Williams CMG OBE (Magdalene) gave his talk on “My Life as a Cold War Military Spy”.
Many other open events last year were postponed due to the pandemic; instead, we hosted a series of online lectures. However, we resumed open events at the end of 2021 and intend to be able to hold more this year (2022). We have plans for several noteworthy talks, including those from Ted Alexander, a widely acknowledged expert on Arthur Ransome’s fascinating period in Russia; Tim Jeal, the renowned biographer of David Livingstone and Stanley, on “The Explorers of the Nile” and Dr Gordon Plant, a former Neuro-Opthalmologist, on “How Eye Disease affected the Styles of Great Painters”. We plan to publish a full programme of events on our website in early 2022.
Recent speakers have been Professor Adrian Dixon, former Master of Peterhouse and Emeritus Professor of Radiology; Dr Mara Kalnins, Life Fellow of Corpus Christie College and formerly University Reader in Modern Literature, who gave us valuable insights into the history of Latvia and the Amber trade and Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the University’s Botanic Gardens, who illuminated research into the science of the colour of flowers.
Past visits have included a memorable discourse on design and furniture making by John Makepeace at Farrs House in Beaminster; the gardens and house at Mapperton and a private tour with tutored wine-tasting at Dorset’s international award-winning Langham Wine Estate. Next year we are planning visits to Houghton Lodge by the River Test and The Newt Garden in Somerset. (See the Group Events page for further details).
For Freshers, the Society is delighted to support the University by hosting an informal gathering in September, giving opportunity for Freshers from Dorset and adjacent areas to meet contemporaries, as well as current undergraduates who can advise about life and expectations at Cambridge. The link to this friendly meeting will be given on the Events page nearer the time.
The Society always needs fresh input and welcomes enquiries from those interested in joining our group as well as new ideas and suggestions for future activities. These can be made via the Email Group link shown below.
We are always delighted to welcome new members to our group and look forward to seeing you at our events. To join the Society, please follow the link below to access our membership form.
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